Weeknight Classes: 4 sessions
Basket Weaving 1: Miniature Basket
This is a 4-week class for beginners who wish to learn how to weave classic sisal bowl.
Brought by popular demand, this class is an introduction to this classic bowl weaving technique. You will learn how to extract and dye fibers, then begin to weave a bowl with sisal fibers. An expert weavers takes about 5 hours to weave a small bowl, so we’ve designed a miniature bowl for your introduction to this art.
Imigongo Design 1: Two Medium Paintings
This is a 4-week class for beginners who wish to learn how to make this traditional Rwandan art.
You will start by learning a bit about the history of the Imigongo and the meaning of the traditional designs. You will then create your own design and work alongside an expert artisan, preparing the mud and cow dung mixture, molding the form, sanding and then painting your two medium Imigongos.
Banana Leaf weaving: Pop-Up Bag Weaving:
This is a 4-week class for beginners who wish to learn about preparing banana leaves and weaving with it.
You will be able to learn how to extract fibers and all the weaving Techniques. you work with our expert artisans to weave the panels and assemble them to make a very beautiful bag.
This is a 4-week class for beginners and others who wish to learn traditional Rwandan craving techniques. You will learn how to prepare the wood, carve and finish you very own set of ornaments.
Sunday Afternoon Classes (with lunch!)
Join us for a fun afternoon from 1-6pm, including free lunch and expert teaching from beginning to end!
Miniature Basket Weaving Class
In this class you will learn how to extract and dye fibres, then begin to weave a small basket. An expert weavers takes about 8 hours to weave a small bowl, so we’ve designed a miniature basket for your introduction to this art.
Candle making Class
Learn to roll amazing beeswax candles and add your own custom decorations. You’ll also get a chance to paint and fill your very own pot candle.
Coin Purse Weaving
First you will learn how to prepare the palm and banana leaves, you will then be taught how to weave them into your own functional and beautiful coin purse. You then chose your own African Fabric lining to finish your piece.
Artisan Alexi will introduce you to the history and symbolism of imigongo painting, then guide you in creating your own design in cow dung. By the end of the day you will have created a set of two small imigongo paintings of your own. And you will come back at the Studio anytime to paint your pieces.